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How to Get Accepted into Google Adsense

Updated on April 24, 2013
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Short of really getting started and writing articles, getting a Google Adsense account is the first big hurdle any publisher has to leap in order to start getting paid for the hard work you’re doing.

It can be, and has obviously been, very frustrating for many. I chose to write this article because I'm seeing so many new writers struggling to get on Adsense.

The questions are all over forums and all over the internet. This is difficult for everyone, but it doesn't have to be.

With a few simple rules and suggestions, hopefully, this article can ease some minds and give you hope that one day, you too will have an active Google Adsense account.

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Before You Apply

The first step among many is applying for Google Adsense. If you are a part of a publishing organization, like Hubpages, you will want to apply from your account with them rather than applying directly.

To start an application, you will need a valid Google email address that you have easy access to, because this will likely be a big part in your journey towards getting an account. In certain places, like India and China, you might have to wait up to 6 months before getting approved. They do this simply to protect the interests of the other publishers online.

You will want to have an active blog or website before applying. Usually this means you have at least 20 articles or blogs posted, or a complete website that has been active for at least a month.

One of the most critical aspects that Adsense will be looking for is original content (meaning that it cannot be copied or paraphrased from someone else’s work, or even your own from another place on the internet). If you do choose to quote someone else, make it obvious and include a reference or website for the work you borrowed.

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Filling Out an Application

Your work must also be interesting. If you are not getting any visitors, or Adsense does not think it will benefit from a relationship with you, you may not qualify. You can always visit tips for application success in order to really find out what makes for a successful application. More about that later.

Make sure your name, address, verified email address, and your personal url are correct the first time you fill out your application. Adsense gives you great directions in regards to how they want you to fill out your application right on the screen. They want you to be successful as well.

However, if you enter anything incorrectly, it is difficult to change it later. Pay attention as you sign up to make sure you are doing it correctly.

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Verifying Your Account

Google Adsense uses the Google email you provide to communicate with you about your published material, your account, and anything else.

This is your link with them. There is no other way to contact them, so make sure to check your email frequently. Read every email thoroughly and make sure to respond in a timely manner. This is an important relationship.

The very first email you should be receiving from them will be to verify your email address. They want to make sure that it was you who signed up for Google Adsense and that you truly are interested in being a member.

If you’re ever concerned that you have done something wrong or have violated any rules with Adsense, I promise they will contact you quickly and efficiently. Their reputation relies on the work that you publish, which is why there are such strict policies. Here is a full list of their policies.

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The Review Process

If you get an email saying that you’ve got a violation, make sure to get to it immediately to avoid losing your account. Don’t worry. The violations are pretty common sense.

Your job is not over after you have submitted your application. Keep writing. They are looking for good, strong, quality content that will make it profitable for them to advertise with you. The best way to give it to them is to keep doing what you’re doing!

In the meantime, Google Adsense will then go through their review process to check that you are in line with their policies. If they find your work acceptable, they will send you an email to once again verify. If for some reason, you are not in compliance, this email will tell you so that you can go fix it and re-apply.

This process typically takes up to a week, but every time you have to re-apply, tack on another week for another review process. Do not worry if you have to re-apply several times. Persistence is the key here!

Stay Within Their Policies

It is critical that you first go read the AdSense Terms and Conditions to make sure you are clear on what their rules actually are. I will describe a few of them below. They are pretty simple and easy to understand.

1) Obviously you will not get approved if your site contains adult, violent, or inappropriate content. This includes, but is not limited to, nudity, criminal behavior, gore, talk of violence, drugs, gangs, sex, racial slurs, vulgarity, profanity, abuse of any kind, any offensive material, and even gambling.

I think you get the point. If you have any doubts about whether something is appropriate or not, it’s probably not. They have to protect themselves and their customers.

2) You may not try and cheat your way to more views by the way of clicking on your own ads, paying others to click on your ads, or any other false way of trying to get paid more than you deserve.

3) You must write all original content. This should be obvious. You are not allowed to copy someone else’s creation (words, photos, or otherwise) and claim them as your own. Use only works that you are licensed or have permission to use, if you must, and give credit where it is deserved.

You are claiming that the work you are publishing is yours. Make sure it is or they will know. Evil laugh!

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4) Create content that adds value to the information already available on the internet. Make sure that it’s “evergreen,” as said on Hubpages, which means that it will still be relevant in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years. Adsense has specific rules on what kind of content is acceptable and what isn’t.

5) Use spell and grammar check, for goodness sake! Your work reflects on you, that of your business, and/or the site that you are publishing on. Be professional and provide information people can actually read without being distracted by all of your spelling and grammar errors.

This also means write concisely. Say what you mean without repeating yourself excessively, throwing in random and/or irrelevant keywords, or packing your published content with code, links, or hidden messages.

6) Finally, and most obviously, do not mislead your readers. Do not send malware or other viruses to their computers, don’t initiate downloads without direct permission from users, don’t include pop-ups that keep them from reading your work, etc. Be honest with those you are writing for and don’t try to ruin their day.

Nobody likes this and it will most certainly get your account with Adsense denied or even terminated completely. If this happens, you cannot re-apply again.

If for some reason your site does not meet the guidelines at any time, and you do not respond or try and fix the issue in a reasonable amount of time, Adsense will remove it from their search index. Any and all ads will immediately be disabled, and you run the risk of permanently losing your account.

I would also recommend that you check out the Webmaster Quality Guidelines and the Landing Page Quality Guidelines provided by Adsense for further information you must adhere to.

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Approval!!

Congratulations! You’ve been approved! Exciting, I know! Now you can get paid for your work!

Once you’ve been approved, you’re work has only begun. Now along with writing, it is important to stay up-to-date on Adsense policies and make sure you stay in compliance. I strongly recommend the AdSense Academy, provided by Adsense to help you be successful with your new account.

Some great resources for improving your published content, adding keywords, tracking traffic, etc., visit Webmaster Tools for some great tips and tricks of the trade!

Congratulations again and enjoy your new way to make money on the internet!

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      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      Useful for beginners. Voted up and useful.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks! I really wish I had found something like this when I first got started. I'm glad you liked it.

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      I really like this article. However, somehow I'm still not getting approved. :(

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      How long have you been a member? How many articles do you have so far? What have you tried?

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      4 weeks. I have 40 featured. 42 still pending feature. I'm not sure what all I can try. They say it was denied due to insufficient content, then my earnings page says tos violation. So I'm not sure what I can do. I try to write at least 2 a day.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      It doesn't sound like there's a good reason for your account not to be approved. The best thing to do is to follow up with Google directly.

      There's no real way to know what's going on or why they disabled your account accurately. But they are pretty good at responding to issues and customer support questions. So go ahead and contact them through the Adsense help form on the their site.

      They have been known to disable accounts when they notice patterns of repeated clicks from the same computer, but no actual sales. That type of "suspicious" clicking makes it appear as though you instructed a friend/family member to click on your adds without genuine interest in the ads or in buying anything. That violates the TOS.

      You can appeal though if you feel like you got this violation in error. There's a form to fill out and plead your case on their website. Honestly, I would simply keep trying. I was denied six times, and had about 30 articles before I was finally accepted. And I never got the Google email they say they will send you. I just suddenly had an account one day.

      I hope this helps!

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      Ok, I think I am going to wait a week, get more hubs and try again. If that does not work, then I will try the help thing. Thank You For your help

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Absolutely! Even though everyone told me not to, I just kept on writing quality hubs and submitting my application until I was finally accepted. Remember I was rejected six times and had to wait a week between each application to reapply. But it finally happened! :)

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      Ok Thank You. I do have a question. On the clicking on your own content. Does that count when you are clicking on them from your account menu. To reread them, incase you want to make some changes.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      No, and I don't find that answering my own polls or clicking the thumbs up on my own articles causes me problems either. That's just one of their rules to keep people from trying to make money by "cheating."

      As long as your not doing anything purposely to be deceptive, and you're actively writing and participating in the community, I don't see that there should be any problems. I got a TOS violation once before I was accepted, but not only did I never find out why, but no sooner did I inquire about it, then it was removed and I was accepted. lol

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      Ok, I had have had one for about a week. I don't know why. When I readmit my application they send me and email saying that I'm not approved due to insufficient content. Nothing about any violation of anything. Just that and something about putting codes on your pages. Which, I have no idea what that is about either.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      The codes are optional, and that's just other Google items they offer for you. :)

      Keep applying and one day it will just click and you will be approved. I don't think there's a definite formula. Good luck!

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      Just wanted to say thank you for the advice. I finally got approved for adsense today! Hoping things will start looking better from there!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yea! You are well on your way to making money now. Just know, from my experience, you will likely make about $10 a month for every 100 articles you have published. Good luck!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for this review. Adsense is all new to me (I'm a transferred former Squid now living at HubPages...LOL) and I'm about to apply. Good to have a little understanding of how and why it all works.

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      Victoria Van Ness 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I'm so glad this helped you!

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      Sky Mendoza 9 months ago

      Thank you VVanNess what a wonderful info!

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      Sky Mendoza 9 months ago

      Thank you VVanNess what a wonderful info!

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